Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love towards us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD. Psalm 117:1-2
This psalm is very short, but the psalmist tells the people to do something and gives a great reason why to do it. He tells everyone to praise the Lord. The reason is because of His great love towards the people and His faithfulness.
There are times in a believer’s life that are very difficult. During those times it is difficult to even look at God, much less towards Him and praise Him. It is common for a person to look at the mountain of troubles in the way, rather than the God who is greater than all the troubles.
When a person begins to look at the list of problems, it is common to start complaining to God about them, rather than praise Him and trust Him to help overcome those problems.
One thing to help a person decide to praise God is to stop looking at the mountain and start praising God. In order to praise God, one needs a reason. There are many reasons for praising the Lord. The first and foremost is His love towards His people.
As God allows troubles in your life, you may wonder and question His love towards you. As that happens you must begin to think about all the good God has already done for you. Despite the problems you are still living on this earth, which is one of the greatest blessings you can have.
Think about any one sin that you have done in the past. That sin, alone, is enough to give you an eternal death sentence from God. Yet, God did not destroy you, in fact, He chose to allow you to be saved by the blood of Jesus. He provided salvation and forgiveness of sins, before you ever wanted them, instead of killing you as you deserved.
Jesus remains faithful in forgiving you of your sins. He remains faithful in taking care of you. Everything else is just icing on the cake, extra blessings not required.
With these two things in mind, how can you not help but praise the Lord?
Think about what He has done for you and then praise the Lord.
Praise the LORD!
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know God’s faithfulness; and that you will continually praise the Lord.